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Helen "Hale" Almy Ament
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Birth: 1940
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 2011
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA

Hale Almy Ament, 71, a 40-year Reston resident, died peacefully at her home June 24, following a 20-month battle with breast cancer.

Born Helen Hale Almy in Providence, R. I., she was the daughter of Richard Rathbone and Frances Hale Almy. The Almys descended from two passengers who arrived on the Mayflower, and the Hales were a First Family of Virginia. Several of Hale's ancestors served in the American Revolution.

Hale grew up in Front Royal, Va., and graduated from Warren County High School in 1958. Following her 1962 graduation from the College of William & Mary, she took her political science degree to Washington and began working at the Treasury Department. She soon met a kindred spirit, W. William Ament. Hale and Bill wed in October 1966 the beginning of their life-long devotion to each other. Following the 1970 birth of their first child, Carolyn, the couple moved to the planned community of Reston, where they welcomed their second child, Margaret.

Hale gave freely of her time for the benefit of others. Active in the Reston community, she volunteered with GRACE (Greater Reston Arts Center) to present art to elementary school students. In the early 1980s, she headed the Reston Street Lighting Advisory Committee, where she successfully championed low-glare metal halide bulbs in lieu of the sodium vapor lighting used at that time. For that work, Hale was awarded the title of Restonian of the Year in 1992 by the Reston Citizens Association. She was active in the American Association of University Women's Reston-Herndon Branch and served as branch Cultural Affairs chair and a mentor to local students.

A devotee of Virginia history, Hale read widely and shared her knowledge with others as an Historian at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly from 1983 through 2009. Following her retirement from Sully, Hale and Bill continued their travels, visiting European and American historic sites, friends, and family. Hale was also an avid gardener and naturalist.

Hale is survived by her husband and two daughters, Carolyn Ament of New York City and Margaret Ament of Reston. She also leaves behind her brother, Richard Almy of LaGrange, Illinois; two sisters, Elizabeth Davis of Willow Grove, Pa., and Rebecca Graves of Clemmons, N.C.; and five nieces and three nephews.
from the Reston Connection June 30, 2011.


Hale Almy Ament, age 71, died on Friday, June 24, 2011 at her home in Reston, Virginia. She was the beloved wife of W. William Ament; mother of Carolyn Hale Ament and Margaret "Peggy" Winter Ament and sister of Richard R. Almy, Elizabeth A. Davis and Rebecca T. Graves. Memorial service time and location will be announced at a later date. ....from MONEY & KING VIENNA FUNERAL HOME, INC.
171 Maple Avenue W Vienna , VA 22180

From the Washington Post

Hale A. Ament, 71, a historian from 1983 to 2009 at the Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, which had been the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first representative to Congress, died June 24 at her home in Reston. She had breast cancer.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Ament was a volunteer for the Greater Reston Arts Center, where she developed art presentations for Reston elementary school students.

During the 1980s and 1990s, she chaired the Reston Street Lighting Advisory Committee, where she successfully advocated for the use of low-glare metal halide street lighting in lieu of sodium vapor lighting. In 1992, the Reston Citizens Association named her Restonian of the year.

Helen Hale Almy was a native of Providence, R.I., and a 1962 political science graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. She moved to the Washington area in the early 1960s.

She was a member of the American Association of University Women's Reston-Herndon branch, where she had been the cultural affairs chairwoman since 2009.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, W. William Ament of Reston; two daughters, Carolyn Ament of New York City and Margaret Ament of Reston; a brother; and two sisters.

Lauren Wiseman

Family links: 
  Richard Rathbone Almy (1903 - 1997)
  Frances Hale Almy (1915 - 2000)
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Helen Hale <i>Almy</i> Ament
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